About 45 years ago I had lost about half my hearing…and in getting my hearing fixed, I almost lost my family.
Okay, that was a crazy summer. And while it isn’t officially over, when we look back on this year, it will be this past 8-week period that sticks in our memories. If we are connected via Facebook, or through our monthly e-newsletter, you may have followed along but just to recap… In June one daughter…
So that was an experience.
As I wrote earlier this week, Liz and I, along with Méabh and Hannah, drove up to Ballybay in Co. Monaghan on Tuesday, to take part in letting the land. Well, that is what Liz and I went up for…Hannah and Méabh just wanted to play with the puppies that live on the property (see the video below)
About a week ago, I walked into a relatively new church plant in the west of Ireland with Erin and Méabh. It was a little bit embarrassing…being with Erin & Méabh that is (please wait before you assume I’m a horrible father).
(This is part 9 in a 10 part series of posts detailing the events leading up to our move from Ithaca to Dublin. You can read the whole series here. Next week we’ll wrap things up talking about sharing the news with our church in Ithaca.) After Méabh came home from the hospital and was…
Throughout March we drove to Elmira each week to have the baby’s lungs tested.
We’d drive down on Tuesday, and by that afternoon hear if she passed or failed (she never passed). If she had passed, we would have gone back to Elmira the next day and have a c-section. (well, we would have gone back…Liz would have had the c-section)
(This is part 7 in a series of posts detailing the events leading up to our move from Ithaca to Dublin. You can read the whole series here) As we approached the end of February 2011, the big thing on our minds was the pregnancy. We were learning new medical terms like Placenta praevia and Vasa praevia, which…
When we left off last time, at the end of December, Ireland was off the table.
So in January, we began looking at new homes to buy.
Our realtor made some appointments, and we took a Saturday afternoon to look at some places in the Trumansburg area.
But house #3…I loved it. Brenna loved it (the other kids were out of town). Love might be too strong for Liz, but she thought it would work.
Our realtor was amazed at the price.
A brief break from sharing the story of our journey from Ithaca to Ireland to share some exciting news. As many of you know, yesterday (18 July) marked the 1 year anniversary of our move to Dublin. We also reached another important milestone yesterday. After my experience of not getting a job because I’m “Not…
We had decided in the spring to move from Ithaca to Trumansburg to get our kids in a different school district. Although it had been 2 plus years since the attack on our one daughter had taken place, it was clear she needed a new start in a new place.
Over on my blog the other day, I wrote about preparing anecdotes for when you are going to be someplace where you will need to make small talk. So I thought I’d take this opportunity to share our latest story.
Our house in Dublin is a bit bigger than we were expecting an Irish house to be. There are some benefits of that (you can usually find someplace quiet), and some downsides (heating).
One of the common questions we hear is “What does life in Ireland look like for us?” I thought I’d write out a brief preview of the week ahead for us, as well as a brief recap on the past weekend, and hopefully give you a glimpse.
When I was on a missions trip to the Philippines in the early 1990’s the US missionary there took a few of us out as he ran his errands for the day (such as acquiring fresh drinking water). While we were out he said, “We spend half our day just doing things we need to survive”.
Thankfully high quality water is piped right into our home here in Dublin, but I thought it’d be good to give you a picture of what a “week in the life,” looks like.
Although I’m a guy, I’ve never been a fan of the 3 Stooges…I really don’t get them.
But you know that part where occasion one of them would, out of the blue get smacked in the head with a plank? That’s the best way that I can describe how today felt.
While I’m trying to help out with some house cleaning type stuff here at the Ithaca Vineyard…I won’t really be taking on anymore projects. Even today a future Cornell student called about coming for a visit next week, and even that is beyond my tenure. Weird…sad…
At the same time, we are excited about the next big step we have in front of us.
Many of you have already heard the news and Liz and I wanted to say thanks for all of your thoughts and prayers. This morning around 1:00 Liz and I got to Cayuga Medical Center. Liz was immediately scheduled for an emergency c-section and Méabh Siobhán was born @ 2:50 am. Liz is doing great…